An internal memo leaked by an anonymous (and unhappy) management level worker at Novell shows an already ongoing plan whereby Microsoft will acquire Novell, by a stock transfer operation to take place in the next few months. Both companies have their legal teams working on the technicalities.
The memo shows that the merge will keep the SUSE trademark for all products. Internally MS has already prepared a team to maintain the product, and work on the merge process, says the 20 page document, that seems to have reached most high level executives of Novell and MS.
April Fools Hoax? Most definately! It was posted on April 1st Sunday. This post was partly responsible for a short rally on Monday, but by Tuesday, Novell was back down after a downgrade by Jefferies & Co.